Washington, D.C. –September 13, 2012- Dr. Matthew and Nancy Sleeth, founders of Lexington-based Blessed Earth, joined dozens of other leaders at the White House today for a conversation about boosting the energy efficiency of our nation’s houses of worship. The assorted group of leaders represented the nation’s faith community and the White House Office for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. In addition to Blessed Earth, participants included representatives from the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, the Catholic Coalition on Climate Change, and the Presbyterian Church USA, among others.
At a time when there is little common agreement between faith communities and the government, today’s event stands out by demonstrating both groups collaborating to promote environmental stewardship and the common good. This event is emblematic of a larger movement, as congregations all over the nation are striving to improve sustainability and reduce energy usage on their campuses. Best exemplifying this are the 1400 congregations nationwide who have committed to these principles by signing on to the EPA Energy Star for Congregations program, which provides information and technical assistance to aid congregations in energy conservation.
Blessed Earth is promoting this same kind of dialogue. The organization works with churches and seminaries nationally on sustainability and environmental stewardship. Over the past six years, the Sleeths have spoken at more than 1,000 churches, universities, seminaries, and conferences. Dr. Sleeth will be in Washington eight more times in the next year as he has been invited to lead a year-long series on creation care at the Washington National Cathedral.
If you would like more information about Blessed Earth, or to schedule an interview with Dr. Matthew and Nancy Sleeth, please contact Laura Leavell, External Relations Coordinator at Blessed Earth at Laura@blessedearth.org or call (502) 533-2074.